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  • Day28


    September 28, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Another cool day. Amazed at how different cities can be from one another. We were picked up by the black taxi and driver at 9 30 and headed off on the tour of Belfast (told from the point of view of a Catholic Taxi driver in his 60s) which lasted almost two hours. The first part of the tour took us to Shankill Rd, where he outlined the history of Belfast and the “troubles”. We visited the area and walked around the murals which have become a feature of the area. He also took us to the wall and like everyone else, we signed it. It was incredible to see it still standing at about 10 foot in each direction, separating the two parts of Belfast. He then took us to the Fall Road area on the other side of the wall where we visited a memorial garden for both civilians and IRA volunteers killed over the last 50 years. We were also shown the cages added to houses as a means of defence if they were close to the wall. He also clearly explained the meaning of the flags we see in many streets and on houses, marking the territory of each group. Turns out we are staying in the heart of Protestant Belfast! The tour ended and he dropped us in the centre of town. We spent a couple of hours looking in shops which were quite interesting. Of note was the burnt out shell of a huge shopping building which had only just gone on fire and was one of the biggest fires ever in Belfast. We wandered down to the Titanic Centre, following the river. It was an amazing building and the whole Titanic experience was excellent, particularly the fact that so much was interactive. The highlight was the ride through the building in a cable car, experiencing the boat building yard as it would have been back when the Titanic was being built. It was interesting that no relics of the actual trip are kept there as it is regarded as being tasteless yet there was a souvenir shop full of very tacky Titanic items! We grabbed a taxi ride back from town as both feeling very tired and heard yet another version of events this time from our Protestant driver! We rested up and enjoyed hot showers now that we had heard from the owner about the switch that needed to be on! We did some research and reserved dinner at a restaurant in the university quarter which was a 40 minute walk along the river and through some very interesting streets. The highlight was seeing a large flock of starlings flying in formation over the river. It really was spectacular as they grouped and re- grouped in a cloud- like formation led by one bird. We found the restaurant, Molly’s Yard easily and what a treat! It was an old stables and down stairs seated just 12 people. It was a very cute place and the staff were excellent as was the food- one of our best meals yet. We left there and walked down the road to House Belfast which was a beautiful hotel. After a lovely cocktail we caught a taxi back with one last version of “the troubles”, this time from a driver who didn’t side with either! Belfast is an intriguing place, full of history and emotion with a real edge to it.Read more

    Claire Corbett

    Your photos are fantastic! Xxx

    Marrie McKenzie

    Belfast was intimidating back in ‘89 when I had to ask a stranger to direct me to the hospital as Malcolm was ill. Drove past armed soldiers who were stopping random cars. The person jumped into our car and led us there. Receptionist in AnE knew the Douglas’s from home- then all was well.

  • Day27

    Dublin to Belfast

    September 27, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    A leisurely departure from Dublin but sad farewelling the Griffins after such a lovely time with them. They dropped us at the airport where we easily found the rental car. Our drive to Belfast was on the coastal road and it was typically beautiful scenery. We stopped at a restaurant at Annalong, a deserted fishing village, where we had a fish and chip lunch, overlooking the sea. Our trip carried on until we made a major detour in an effort to locate the family home of our neighbour as he had asked us to do this. The address was 10 Cranny Lane which ended up being a very old farming area and itself was a very old farm lane. We were able to identify the house from the one in his photo and so took several photos for him. The trip into Belfast took another hour and so it was about 6 when we arrived. We were relieved to be in a gated apartment block with parking as we are in the heart of East Belfast and the families out on the street were scary to say the least. We changed and headed off on foot towards town which was 30 minutes walk. The streets were relatively empty and we didn’t feel as safe as in other cities. However we found the main eating area, Cathedral Quarter and enjoyed pizza at a very cool place before wandering around the laneways and streets full of old Irish bars. We decided on a taxi home for three reasons- very tired, safety and we weren’t sure where our apartment was!Read more

  • Day13

    from North to South

    July 1, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Nachdem wir ja jede Menge Zeit an den Hotspots verbracht haben, war es an der Zeit ein B&B oder Hotel zu suchen. Booking.com hat uns mit günstigen Angeboten hängen lassen. Also weiterfahren und später nochmal suchen. Wieder nichts! Sind dabei durch ein denkmalgeschütztes Dorf gekommen. ‚Cushendun‘. Very, very Nice. Aber kein Zimmer. In ‚Cushendall‘ ein paar Km weiter sind wir dann auf eigenes Suchen fündig geworden. Das nette daran war, daß die Leute bei den wir gefragt haben, selbst weiter herum telefoniert haben. Wir wurden sogar auf der Straße vom Auto aus angesprochen, ob wir schon etwas gefunden haben. Einfach nette und hilfsbereite Leute die wir hier getroffen haben.

    Die Hotspots im Norden Irlands, die wir sehen wollten sind alle abgefahren. Jetzt geht in den Süden zurück mit Ziel Dublin.

    Erst wieder die Küstenstraßen entlang. Die letzten ~ 100 km haben wir uns etwas links der Küstenline gehalten um auch die Hügelige Landschaft Nordirland zu sehen. Hier sind wir nur Nebenstraßen gefahren. Landschaft und Grün pur...

    Die Umfahrung Belfast‘s war nicht so toll. Aber ein paar nette Impressionen bei der Durchfahrt von ‚East Belfast‘.

    ... vom 🏍 aus Fotografiert 😅
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